Wintery Mix of Hodgepodge

It’s time for the weekly link up!  Here we go . . . .
  1. Lake Superior University has once again published a list of words/phrases they think should be banished from the Queen’s English…here’s the list for 2013-fiscal cliff, kick the can down the road, double down, job creators/creation, passion/passionate, yolo (an acronym for you only live once), spoiler alert, bucket list, trending, superfood, boneless wings, and guru.  Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why. Go here to read more about how the words were chosen.
    Yolo.  Because I believe in grammar.  Because I believe that you should take the time to write.  Because every time I see it in a Facebook post I have to go look it up because I forget what it means.
  2. When was the last time you rode a train?  Where did you go?
    I think it was when we took a day trip to NYC.  So maybe April 2011?  We left here at 6am, had a friend get on in Philly, and were in NYC in time to see The Normal Heart matinee.  Took a quick trip around 30 Rock, went to dinner, and then caught the evening show of The Book of Mormon. 
  3. Bagels-yay or nay?  Favorite ‘flavor’?  Favorite topping?
    Yes.  What kind of question is this?  Of course, yes.  Schmear.  I’m not saying I wouldn’t still go through the Krispy Kreme drive through, but there is nothing wrong with a good bagel!
  4. ‘Tis the season of awards shows…if you could star in a movie already made which one would you choose?
    This question makes up for the previous one.  Oh so many.  Now that Les Mis has been made I could be Madame Thenardier.  Agnes Gooch in Auntie Mame.  Sister Hubert in Nunsense.  Ouiser in Steel Magnolias.  I love those quirky supporting roles.
  5. The move towards single gender classrooms has been making the news in recent months….what say you?  Do you think kids perform better if separated by gender and are taught differently or is that discrimination?  If you’re a parent, is this something you’d support in regard to your own children?
    I don’t have children, so it’s hard to answer.  I see the benefit for the single gender classrooms, as you can eliminate some of the issues.  Yet new ones appear.  In the interest of fairness, and to make sure the same curriculum as the opposite gender, the same teachers should teach both classes.  Just swap out.
  6. What’s your favorite thing about staying in a hotel?
    Clean Towels. Every day. I will sleep on the same sheets to stay green, but I want new towels. 
  7. Do you have a ‘word’ for 2013?  What’s the story behind your choice?
    Not really.  My language skills are fairly developed.
  8. Insert your own random thought here.
    The news is currently on in the background.  And they are once again showing clips from something Barack Obama has said.  You know, he is a very charismatic speaker, regardless of your politics.  But I want a dollar for every time he says “uh” and pauses in his speeches.  I would be able to pay off my student loans and credit card bills by the State of the Union. 
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And thus begins the year in which I turn 40….

I am not really a big resolution at January 1 kind of person.  I never have been.  I would make beginning of school year resolutions in September every year, which always seemed more appropriate, but January, to me, has always seemed like mid year.  Mid season, midway, you get the drift.

But for some reason I am having a harder time than normal with the turn of the calendar this year.  I turn 40 in a few months, and yet I feel like I was further ahead in my life when I was 26 or so than I am now.  I made more money, I was in a serious relationship, I had a job that was going places . . . now I have 60% of the salary I had at that age, not adjusting for inflation, I haven’t been on a date in heaven knows how long because it’s just easier that way, and after two years of unemployment I finally have a job I like, only my brain is keeping me from liking it very much lately.  So here are some random thoughts on 2013 and what I think may or may not be able to be done about each of the issues I am currently struggling with in my head. Continue reading

Thoughts on the 2012 London Olympic Games

I watch the Olympics.  And when I say I watch the Olympics, I mean I watch all of the Olympics.  As much as my Tivo can hold.  I may go back and rewatch parts of it.  It may take me six months.  But it will be done.  I am a self-confessed junkie.  I did not do a recap for the Vancouver Olympics.  When they came on, I was unemployed.  I had credit and deals at snapfish.  I now have two scrapbooks of the Vancouver Olympic moments that stood out for me in each sport and the stories that were cool for me.

But when I go back and read the thoughts I had on the Beijing Games in 2008, I was struck by a few things regarding my list of my personal standout moments:

  • I didn’t remember some of the stories.  When I tried to find video on YouTube on Jennifer Stuczynski’s coach acting like an ass, I not only found the video, but also discovered that two years later she married the guy.  No accounting for taste.
  • Kobe Bryant is still classy when it comes to international sport.  He might not be faithful in his marriage, he may be a conceited pig in person, I don’t know.  But at the Olympics, he is a class act.  Enjoying every moment of the games.  He had his first experience at Wimbledon this year . . . and it was the longest men’s three-set match in the open era.  Switzerland’s Roger Federer defeated Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Podro 3-6, 7-6, 19-17.  Kobe was there, with his daughter, to see Phelps win the gold medal.  He was at the volleyball venue, watching the women run for gold–and the gobsmacked “WHAT?!” he mouthed after a spectacular save cracked me up.  Here is a man that knows his opportunity, and is taking it all in.  Every blasted moment.

But this year, London (in my opinion) did a fantastic job with the games.  They may have had empty seats, they may have had a few things going on that the locals didn’t care about, but I had a great amount of fun watching and enjoying the spectacle.  So without further ado, here are my favorite moments of the 2012 London games:

  • Ashton Eaton.  Who knows who this man is?  If I asked you if you had ever heard of Bruce Jenner, could you answer?  Could you answer before the age of the Kardashians? Continue reading

The Internet Confessional

Everyone has a guilty pleasure, right?

Something they don’t necessarily admit to a stranger as the first thing to tell them, but something that their best friend will know?

I have more than a few.  I knit and I’m almost 40, and I used to own a cat–stupid stereotype.  I like to cook, love board games, and have an unhealthy obsession with movies and tv.

Certain shows, no matter how many times you’ve seen them, you always stop at, right?  Another broadcast of Bring It On, or Legally Blonde, or Firefly/Serenity.  The private DVD stash of Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Zorro: The Gay Blade, and Clueless.    Things you hide in the back of the drawer but can quote word for word?

The latest one for me is Burlesque.  I never saw it in the theaters, but found it on Encore one night when channel surfing.

I think I’ve seen it 30 times since. 

I can’t help it.  I admit it.  I love Cher.  I love Christina Aguilera’s music, and as an actress she grows on you.  I adore Stanley Tucci.  McSteamy makes an appearance.  And Cam Gigandet?  Yummy.  I love the bawdy dance numbers.  I love the corny lyrics.  I love the predictable plot.  I just adore the movie.

I have to go now.  They’re talking about “air rights” again….

Hostess/Martha or Content/Mary?

Yesterday was a day-long (well, five hour) women’s retreat at the church that I grew up attending.  It’s a fine church, filled with many fine women.  With a friend, we comprised the entire 20-45 demographic, but it was still fun.  I have this thing every time I attend that church though–I call it attending church-lite.  I feel like there is no meat there sometimes.  For example: I knew I had to watch what I wore, the makeup I had on, and how I had my hair because my mother would be there–and those are the things that are important at these events.  Still, it was a nice time, and it was great to see old friends.

Back to the point: one of the breakout sessions yesterday was on how to be a hostess.  “Extending Hospitality: Welcoming Guests and Easy Entertaining”.  All about how to be a great hostess, to make sure that everyone’s needs are met and taken care of and that all are happy.  Even came with a recipe book emailed after class so you could have a bunch of hors d’eouvres  to choose from.

Today’s lesson at kids church: Continue reading

Snapshot of Americana

I have been gone all day.  I was at church, home long enough to change clothes, at a church function, then at a revised Sunday dinner before discovering a missed phone call and spending an hour on the phone with an old friend.  When I finally got in the house, I checked Facebook and email to catch up.  Upon which, I discovered, the new health care package was passed.

If I were to take this at face value among my Facebook friends, there is an interesting conundrum.  Evidently 2/3 of my vocal (i.e., post all opinions on Facebook) friends think this country is now going straight to hell in a handbasket.  Then there are the few vocals ones that say thank god for finally doing something about health care.

What I find interesting about this ratio is that the majority of my Facebook friends are staunch supporters of health care reform.  They have just remained silent compared to those that are die-hard Republicans and think that supporting health care reform or President Barack Obama is akin to aligning oneself with the devil.  The decry the desecration of the Constitution in the past day, that the national decision makers have forgotten the principles upon which the country was founded, and that we are now, essentially Europe.

Now don’t get me wrong, I haven’t read the news all day.  I just find this humorous.  I disagree with much of those opinions, and the one thing that keeps coming back to me is this:

Founding Fathers never had to deal with HMOs or insurance companies.  They could trade a side of beef or a wheel of cheese for decent medical care.  If you can find a doctor that will work for such wages in today’s economy then please, by all means, let me know.  I’m moving to your town.

Interesting nighttime reading!  Time to check on the news reports and see what all the hooplah is about!